Bayfield, Colorado - It was the last day of December, 2010, and all through the San Juan mountains and valleys, snow storms piled from two to four feet of snow on the western slopes of Southwest Colorado.
AND ... The beginning of this first week of January, 2011, we find ourselves beginning our Volume 13, Issue 1. It has been thirteen years we have grown from Oakie's Heart To Heart in 1999 to The OkieLegacy Ezine in 2011! Where has the years gone? They fly past so fast, don't they?
It snowed here in time for Christmas and the New Year! Bowl games have been keeping some glued to the TV with their College football addiction.
As seen in the digital photo on the left, it was 31 December 2010, when NW Okie made a drive into Bayfield, Colorado grocery store between breaks in the continuing snow storms. Snow-packed roads looked like havens of the old days traveled by sleighs pulled by horses instead of horse-powered autos.
The last few days, though, we have finally seen some welcome sunshine around here, but the evening lows have dipped into the -15 degrees. Brrrrr! And Chilly for sure!
Home Comfort Range (1934) - Properly Setting Up & Operating
America - This week we promised to bring you some information concerning how to properly setup and operate your Wrought Iron Home Comfort Ranges. On page 28 of the manual / cookbook it states, "Any Home comfort range set up in the open with only three joints of straight pipe, will bake and do all kinds of cooking to perfection.
It goes on to say that such expressions as "My stove will not draw; fills with soot; will not burn; will not bake on the bottom," are invariably the result of poor fuel or defective chimney flue.
The best chimney flue is a clean, straight one, not less than 9 inches in diameter, without defective joints and built higher than any other point of the house or obstructions. Should not have an Arch over its top, nor be used for any other purpose.
If there are any other openings, they should be tightly closed. Whenever possible, smoke pipe from Range should include at least one elbow to prevent rain falling direct into range. When two or more joints of pipe are used from the elbow to the chimney, the smoke pipe should have a rise of 1/2 inch, or more, to the joint. Sometimes smoke pipe is carelessly pushed too far into chimney flue, shutting off draft.
No. 1. Before starting a fire always see that the fire-box and ash pan are clean. Lay the fire with dry kindling or other fuel. Open direct damper by pushing back damper rod on the right side or base-pipe. Open draft door underneath the fire door, or pull the ash pan slightly forward. Light the fire, and after it is well started pull the damper forward, closing it. The direct damper should remain open ONLY when starting fire.
No. 2. The oven door should be closed tight and the oven thoroughly heated before attempting to bake. The length of time required for perfect baking is governed entirely by conditions, which can be ascertained after a few trials.
The correct operation of drafts will insure quick service, abundance of heat and economy in fuel. The opening or closing of the fire door or the draft door, ash pan, lids or damper in pipe -- if any -- will serve this purpose.
No. 3. At least once a week scrape accumulated soot and ashes out of the soot door directly underneath the oven. This requires little time -- improves baking and protects the range.
Empty the ash pan at least once a day. cold air circulation underneath the grate and back of fire linings, as provided for in "Home Comfot" ranges, will preserve them indefinitely -- provided ashes are not allowed to accumulate, which will reflect heat to them causing serious injury and printing proper draft to range.
No. 4. Protect the range form Dampness. Openings, if any, in roof or around smoke pipe should be closed. In extreme cold weather we advise the reservoir being emptied at night, to prevent injury by freezing.
These directions, if followed, insure perfect operation and preservation of "Home Comfort" Ranges.
It also stated, "For your information: the life of your range (like any other household or farm equipment) depends on the care you give it. Keep you range in a dry place, free of soot and ashes to prevent a formation of creosote, and wipe off the top and other parts liable to rust with a dry oiled cloth after every meal."
Alva, Oklahoma - A New Year has shown its face for 2011 as 1/1/11 rounded the corner this weekend. Will this calendar notation be lucky as four Aces are lucky in poker?
This week we shall try to jog some old memory cells of McGill's Swimming Pool that was located just off the square in downtown Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue, on the southside of the street, behind the McGill Bros. Furniture store.
In the photo on the left, above you see a group of young ladies posing with painted signs for businesses in Alva, Oklahoma of that time period. Such as: Alva Electrical Supp. Co, Marcum & Marcum, Willard Storage Battery, and J.C. Penney Department Store.
Do you recognize any of these young ladies? Was your grandmother, great-grandmother shown here? Is that the diving tower in the background?
There are families stories out there concerning McGill Bros. Swimming Pool in Alva that we should try to resurrect.
One of our family stories that I have been told several times by I do not know how many Northwest Oklahomans is the story of my dad (Gene McGill), his younger brother (Robert McGill) and a cousin (Jack Erskine) dived off nearby buildings into the swimming pool, at night and sometimes in the nude. Young girls would sneak in to gawk, gaze.
I wonder if some of these college-age girls were some of those girls that the younger McGill brothers and their cousin showed off their high, daring diving skills?
If this jogs any memories of Northwest Oklahoma, we would love to hear from you!
America - Back in Vol. 6, Iss. 11, dated 2004-03-13, there was a feature concerning a Comfort Range FOR SALE - Comfort Range Stove where Mrs. K. Rowell (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) said, "Here is a picture but it's not cropped - pretty big! I have more if you need more detail. It has all it's parts!
I am from Pekin, Illinois and an owner of a 1864 Home Comfort Wood Cook Stove,(Model # DA, Factory # M37244) made by The Wrought Iron Range Co., St. Louis, Missouri. I am looking for a good home for this wonderful piece of history. I found this one in Topeka, Indiana. Due to the remodeling of the parsonage we live in, I no longer have room for it. If you would like any more information, or know of anyone who is looking for one, please contact me here at email@example.com. I found your site looking for a website for The Wrought Iron Range Co. trying to find a way to sell my stove to someone who'd appreciate it and take good care of it! I really enjoyed reading The Okie Legacy! Glad I found it! Will frequent when I can. Thank You!"
I do not know if seven years later if this Comfort Range is still for sale, though or if the email address is a good one. If Mrs. K. Rowell is still out there and looking to sell this Home Comfort Range, she might get in contact with Vickie Snow and/or Dave Peer in the features in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine. -- Volume 6, Issue 11, 2004-03-13.
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Dave Peer says, "I'm from Ridgeley, West Virginia. I have one just like it. I had friend give it to me. I am trying to find info on it, also. I have a candle shop which I have it set up in for display. I would love any information. Please (Email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org). What would you want for it? I may be interested in it!"
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Woman In White (1859 & 1938)
America - The Woman In White, as far as I can discern was a radio soap opera that ran from 1938 to 1948, created by Irna Phillips (July 1, 1901 - December 22, 1973). The Novel Woman In White was written in 1859 or 1860 by Wilkie Collins, a Victorian sensationalists fiction novel of modern mystery thriller detective novel genres.
Early Radio Career
After working as a staff writer on a daytime talk show, Iran Phillips created the serial Painted Dreams. Historians now believe the show to have been the first daytime serial specifically targeted for women. On this show Phillips wrote every episode, in addition to starring in the show as family matriarch "Mother Moynihan".
Although this show began as an unsponsored program, Phillips believed that a radio series must be a utility to its sponsors and that it must actually sell merchandise; otherwise the object of radio advertising has failed. With this in mind, she wrote in an engagement and a wedding which provided the possibility of product tie-ins.
Dispute Over Painted Dreams
By 1932 Phillips urged the local Chicago station WGN to sell Painted Dreams to a national network. When they refused, Phillips took them to court, claiming the show as her own property. In the meantime, Phillips created a new show, Today's Children. Historians believe that Today's Children represented the first instance of a broadcast network soap opera, thereby crediting Phillips with inventing the genre.
By 1938, Painted Dreams emerged from the courts and was purchased by CBS. The nature of the court settlement prohibited Phillips from any future involvement with the series.
In 1938, Phillips's mother died, and Phillips demanded that Today's Children be discontinued out of respect. NBC agreed and replaced it with her new series, Woman in White.
Woman in White
Woman in White was another early creation, and one of the first serials to focus on the internal workings of a hospital. Agnes Nixon and Harding Lemay had suggested that Phillips was hypochondriac.
It was on Woman in White that Phillips first became involved with a young Agnes Nixon, then known by her maiden name, Agnes Eckhardt. Nixon remembered entering an interview with Phillips carrying a script she had written which Phillips proceeded to act out in front of her. When she was finished she offered Nixon a job. William J. Bell also began his apprenticeship under Phillips during her radio days.
The Novel -- Woman In White was written in 1859 or 1860 by Wilkie Collins. I found information concerning the novel, by Wilkie Collins, published in 1860. It was a Victorian sensationalists fiction novel. They considered Collins as the father of the modern mystery thriller and detective novel genres. Collins, like his friend Charles Dickens, uses the novel to expose social injustices of his time, in particular, the lack of legal rights afforded married women. Collins presents this story as if holding a trial in which characters present their perspective on the events through narrative, diary excerpts and eye-witness accounts. The main story takes place between July, 1849, and August, 1852. Much of the story is told through the narrative of Walter Hartright, an art tutor who falls in love with a student, Laura Fairlie, who is engaged to Sir Percival Glyde. Percival marries for Laura's inheritance, which he seeks to gain through her.
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This Day In History (January 3)
America - On this day in history, January 3rd, do you remember back to 1951, the television drama, "Dragnet?" Does anyone born before 1938 or from 1938 to 1948, a radio broadcast called "Woman in White?"
1496 - References in Leonardo da Vinci notebooks suggested that he tested his flying machine. The test didn't succeed and he did not try to fly again for several years.
1521 - Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther.
1777 - The Battle of Princeton took place in the War of Independence, in which George Washington defeated the British forces, led by Cornwallis.
1815 - By secret treaty, Austria, Britain, and France formed a defensive alliance against Prusso-Russian plans to solve the Saxon and Polish problems.
1823 - Stephen F. Austin received a grant from the Mexican government and began colonization in the region of the Brazos River in Texas.
1825 - The first engineering college in the U.S. , Rensselaer School, opened in Troy, NY. It is now known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
1833 - Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. About 150 years later, Argentina seized the islands from the British, but Britain took them back after a 74-day war.
1868 - The Shogunate was abolished in Japan and Meiji dynasty was restored.
1871 - Henry W. Bradley patented oleomargarine.
1888 - The drinking straw was patented by Marvin C. Stone.
1924 - English explorer Howard Carter discovered the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt.
1925 - In Italy, Mussolini announced that he would take dictatorial powers.
1938 - The first broadcast of "Woman in White" was presented on the NBC Red network. The program remained on radio for 10 years.
1938 - The March of Dimes was established by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The organization fights poliomyelitis. The original name of the organization was the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
1947 - U.S. Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time. Viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
1947 - In Trenton, NJ, Al Herrin, passed away at age 92. He had claimed that he had not slept at all during his life.
1951 - NBC-TV debuted "Dragnet."
1953 - Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, became the first mother-son combination to serve at the same time in the U.S. Congress.
1957 - The Hamilton Watch Company introduced the first electric watch.
1959 - In the U.S., Alaska became the 49th state.
1961 - The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1962 - Pope John XXIII excommunicated Cuban prime minister Fidel Castro.
1967 - Jack Ruby died in a Dallas, TX, hospital.
1973 - The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) sold the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner for $10 million.
1980 - Conservationist Joy Adamson, author of "Born Free," was killed in northern Kenya by a servant.
1983 - Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys) made the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. Dorsett ran 99 yards in a game against the Minnesota Vikings.
1984 - A woman died at Disneyland after falling from a ride. She had apparently unfastened her seatbelt while on the Matterhorn bobsled.
1988 - Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century.
1990 - Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission.
1991 - The British government announced that seven Iraqi diplomats, another embassy staff member and 67 other Iraqis were being expelled from Britain.
1993 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Moscow.
1995 - WHO reported that the cumulative total of officially reported cases of AIDS had risen to 1,025,073 in 192 countries as at the end of 1994.
1995 - The U.S. Postal Service raised the price of the first-class stamp to 32 cents.
1997 - Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC's "Today" show.
1998 - China announced that it would spend $27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys.
1999 - Israeli authorities detained, and later expelled, 14 members of Concerned Christians. Israili officials claimed that the Denver, CO-based cult was plotting violence in Jerusalem to bring about the Second Coming of Christ.
2000 - Charles M. Schulz's final original daily comic strip appeared in newspapers.
2001 - The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) charged the "Texas 7" with weapons violations. An autopsy showed that Office Aubrey Hawkins, killed by the convicts, had been shot 11 times and run over with a vehicle.
Italy - It was January 3, 1496, Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested a flying machine he had constructed. This was way centuries before the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. But did the Wright brothers get some of their ideas from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks? Leonardo's notebooks suggested that Leonardo tested his flying machine on 3 January 1496. It did not succeed and Leonardo did not try to fly again for several years.
Leonardo da Vinci was often been described as the Italian archetype of the Renaissance man or universal genius. He was a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer, an inventor, an anatomist, a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a musician and a writer. It is primarily as a painter that Leonardo was and is renowned.
You should remember one of his works, the Mona Lisa. Was she smiling and why was she smiling? Was she the mother of Da Vinci? Who was she really? A mistress?
Another of Leonardo's works was The Last Supper. Both of these artworks occupy a unique position as the most famous, reproduced and imitated portrait and religious painting of all time.
As an engineer, Leonardo conceived ideas vastly ahead of his own time, conceptualizing a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, and outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics.
As a scientist, Leonardo greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and Leonardo's desire to fly was expressed in many studies and drawings. His later journals contain a detailed study of the flight of birds and several different designs for wings based in structure upon those of bats which he described as being less heavy because of the impenetrable nature of the membrane.
One design that he produced showed a helicopter to be lifted by a rotor powered by four men. They say it would not have worked since the body of the craft itself would have rotated in the opposite direction to the rotor.
Ellis shared this little tidbit about the Truth About Bananas. Did you know that Bananas contain three natural sugars: sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Hey! I am one of those all for natural foods and not putting strange drugs in your body! Besides that ... I Love Bananas!
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. But energy is not the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by mind amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills. Eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood press. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reuse the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school (England) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action,helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover, they say, is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
MOsquito bites: This is one I have never tried. Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.